Swinging Bridge Campground - reserve


Swinging Bridge Campground

Overview: 

Swinging Bridge Campground is located approximately 11 miles north of Banks, Idaho just off State Highway 55 at an elevation of 4,000 feet.

The North Fork Payette River flows next to the highway, where whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities.

The Campground is one of 4 campgrounds that lie along State Highway 55, on the North Fork of the Payette River between Banks and Smiths Ferry.

 

Natural Features:

The campground is situated is a scenic canyon just above State Highway 55. The mountains are forested with a mix of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines and shade is plentiful within most of the campground. Summer days are warm, reaching 80-90 degrees; nights are cooler.

Recreation:

The North Fork Payette River is a very popular location for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Payette Whitewater Roundup is held annually in July along different sections of the river.

Anglers will find good to excellent fishing for whitefish and rainbow trout.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2021 Scheduled to open May 7.
Operational Hours: May – September
Reservations: Make a reservation HERE at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees: This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Please bring cash or check. 11 sites  $13.89- overnight  $8.00 Day Use.  This campground has first come, first served sites that may be available.  A fee of $5/day will be collected for extra vehicles at the campground.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: vault toilet
Information Center:

Facilities:

The campground contains single-family sites, each with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.

General Information

Directions:

From Boise, Idaho travel north along State Highway 55 for approximately 38 miles to Banks, Idaho.

From Banks, continue north along State Highway 55 for approximately 11 miles. Turn left after the sign at the entrance of  the campground.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Total of 11 sites.

River and Stream Fishing

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries. Fishing is good to excellent most of the year. Fishing occurs from the riverbanks. Whitefish and rainbow trout are the predominate species.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Big Game Hunting

Hunting is good on both sides of the river during the legal season. Due to heavy highway traffic, hunting is best on the higher slopes. Big game (deer, elk & bear) is located throughout the surrounding mountains.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Picnicking

Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Scenic Driving

Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.17177

  Longitude : 
-116.12061